By: Emily Cheng
The trick to getting the right amount of brightness is to ensure that an eye shadow with a high pigment is used. Avoid caking on shadow at all costs. A light sweep of a bright color is great for day and to spice it for evening use an eye primer first and then gently press on 2-3 layers of the shadow. Always follow with eyeliner and mascara to further enhance the eyes.
It’s all about bold cheeks for the spring. Enhance your skin tone by using a bronzer and then a pop of mauve on the apple of the cheek. With deeper skin tones, peach, reds and pinks won’t show up and can often create an ashy finish. Therefore make sure you pick a blush that is bright enough with a mauve undertone.
The best part about spring and summer is the beautiful weather and the radiant skin to match. After applying foundation, always set with a powder to ensure long wear. When selecting your finishing powder, choose a loose and tinted one to avoid getting patches of lighter color.
The easiest feature to play up is the lips. Keep a gloss on hand so you can play up your pucker at any moment. Bold colors again are the feature this spring. Plum, mocha, orange and berry tones do the best job at complimenting deeper complexions. Same goes for lipstick. For all day wear, start with a lip liner in the same tone.
My favorite brands for African American skin tones are:
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